Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course goal is to give an overview of the concepts of Data and Computer Security, with an emphasis on fundamental security properties, vulnerabilities, threats, and mechanisms for securing computer systems.



  • security properties, tools, and terminology
  • User Authentication, methods, and principles
  • Access Control, principles, and the role of access control

Computer Security: In particular, malicious software: types, propagation, together with technical, organisational, and behavioural countermeasures.

Network Security: in particular, the Internet, network-based attack, and an overview of countermeasures to network-based attacks.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student must have the following learning outcome defined in knowledge, skills, and general competence:


The student can

  • describe fundamental security principles and practices
  • describe threats to digital systems and their potential damage


The student can

  • identify possible threats to a digital system
  • identify countermeasures to these threats

General competence

The student can

  • participate in a conversation about security practices with other students

ECTS Credits

2,5 ECTS

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Reduction 2,5 ECTS to following courses:



Access to the Course
For admission, you need to be a student at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures / 2 hours per week

Lectures / 7 weeks

Possible offering of physical session at UiB-campus.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment

The course has the following forms of assessment:

  • Digital written exam from home: 2 hours
Grading Scale
Pass / fail
Assessment Semester
Examination only in the teaching semester. Candidates with valid absence from the exam are permitted for early exam the subsequent semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department.
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact Studierettleiar@ii.uib.no
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.